I don't pay taxes either except state sales tax, and whatever taxes are on liquor. I can't say thinking about myself and my current situation is all that selfish. I read the thing, and I'm thinking about it, but I don't know.
Well, the disabled and elderly are tax exempt on their social security for good reason. So far below the poverty line that taxing them would be cruel.
The Social Security tax is what ensures that there's money for that. The problem comes when the government 'borrows' money from it and doesn't give it back because it doesn't have to.
Indeed. It would have been nice if this latest "stimulus" had instead of wasting money on the Saltwater Marsh Mouse in San Francisco, and other such nonsense that had NOT A DAMNED THING to do with stimulating the economy; they put the fcking money back into the Social Security fund. Sure, it'd only give a few additional years of life, all told... but it'd be just that much more time to figure out and implement a new, self-sufficient system.
I don't think there's anything fair about me, a disabled person, paying the same amount of taxes as a company CEO that's raking it in. I say if you want to live in a capitalist system and become a billionaire... cough it up buddy....
Now now, Angel. I'm disabled myself. I was making $120k a year before the onset of my disability. Now I'm pulling in $8088 a year(adjusted yearly for inflation). Same "amount" of taxes? I think you misunderstood. It would be the same PERCENTAGE taxed. The more you buy, the more you are taxed. Obviously, the CEO is going to buy more than you would... so he ends up paying more taxes. Simple as that.
I actually like what's already being done. My boyfriend does work and does pay income taxes, but he's paying less. Now since he's paying less and bringing home more we've been doing things like going out to dinner more, and I bought some clothes earlier.
I do not like what's being done. What's being done? A whole lot of nothing except a hell of a lot of pointless spending. WHY do we need to spend money on saving an obscure mouse in San Francisco, when we have people living on the streets in utter destitution?
WHY do we need to pay for people in OTHER COUNTRIES to have abortions when we have people so poor they have to choose between food and rent?
I could go on with more and more.... but I think you get the idea. The issue is, we have a hell of a lot more governmental spending, but no plan(s) for increasing tax revenue that wouldn't put the average business OUT of business.
I suppose it would depend on how much you were going to tax stuff, but like different taxes go for different things. Property and gambling taxes go to schools. So if you only had one tax, how would you decide what amount went to what? So called 'simple' solutions seem to bring up more questions than they answer. I don't know what's going to fix this mess, but I do know it's not going to be simple or easy. Nothing that actually works ever is.
Honestly, it's my opinion that some things like Property Taxes and Estate Taxes that below a certain HIGH amount need to not be taxed. Seriously, why do they tax people on their homes? IT'S THEIR HOUSE, THEIR PROPERTY!
Why do you tax someone their whole lives, and when they die, you tax them again? Whatever happened to double jeopardy? It just doesn't make sense... but then, most of Congress wouldn't understand common sense if it were sodomizing them.
I wish they'd do something about the bloody credit card pirates though.....
Indeed. I had my information stolen from me in 2006, and even after having my debit card revoked and given an all new one, I was still being charged by the same damned sites. None of which I could get to stop charging, as the account owner(porn website account owner) is unable to access the internet from his cell in a federal penitentiary. Where he ended up for stealing the identity of a Marine deployed in Iraq. Needless to say, the Marine Corps threw the book at him... and he's got 10 years left to go in whichever Federal Pen they sent him to.(doesn't help that he's a repeat offender and registered Sex Offender/child rapist) And now that I cannot provide 'proof' that he did all this, the bank will not refund the money.
I'm more concerned with how they are calculating the poverty line and what this does with their calculations in general. The United States formual for poverty is so out of date an inacurate, that it's almost a joke to even consider.
Even given the old standard(s) for the poverty line, I am below said line. $674 a month doesn't come out to a whole hell of a lot, in the end. $8,088 a year is obviously under the poverty line.
Sad thing is, the average single adult in their 20's is in poverty. Hell, I'd go as far as to say that $25,000 is about where the poverty line is.